Face Up 21
Face Up 21 Tips and Bonus 2017
Face Up 21, sometimes called Dealer Exposure or Double Exposure is an interesting variation on traditional Blackjack.
There are several differences between the two games, but the most glaring difference that you will notice when playing Face Up 21 is that both of the dealer’s cards are, well, face up. The fact that you can see both of the dealer’s cards should be a huge advantage, right?
Well of course it is a huge advantage. That’s why the casinos have altered the rules from traditional Blackjack to take back the edge that they naturally have in Blackjack. Probably the biggest rule change that tilts the table toward the dealer is that the house wins on any push except a natural Blackjack.
What that means is that you cannot tie the dealer’s hand for a push to get your money back. You must win. So for instance, if you are dealt two face cards, for 20, and the dealer also has 20, it is proper to hit for an Ace, even though anything other than an Ace busts you.
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Other rules of Face Up 21 include that the dealer hits on a soft 17 (17 with an Ace). Also, Blackjack only pays 1 to 1, instead 1.5 to 1 in traditional Blackjack. You may double down on 9, 10, or 11 in Face Up 21. Aces only get 1 hit card after doubling up.
Some rules that may vary from one casino to the next are that you may only split once and that split Aces cannot get Blackjack, only 21. Not every casino follows these rules however. Rushmore Casino for instance allows multiple splits.
Another thing that you will undoubtedly notice when playing Face Up 21 for the first time is that if the dealer is forced to stand on their dealt hand (they are dealt a hard 17 or better), the dealer will automatically deal you cards until you either beat his hand or bust.
It can be a little disconcerting the first time it happens when you wonder how you suddenly ended up hitting on 19 but it is for obvious reasons. Since you can see the dealer’s cards you must hit if you want to win.
Strategy for Face Up 21, like all versions of Blackjack, is based on mathematics and probability. It would be very difficult to remember all of the rules, unless you had a chart that you could follow. However, overall, the house has a small edge (under 1% in most cases) and there are some simple rules that you can remember to begin learning how to play.
First, it would seem very obvious, but pay attention to what the dealer has. This is a big advantage since you can see what they hold already. Think about what is the most likely hand for the dealer to get if he must hit.
In the most general form of strategy, it is often best to assume the dealer will get a 10, and play your hand accordingly. So say you have 12 and the dealer has 15. Your first instinct may be to hit because you have to beat the dealer’s hand. However, the proper play is to stand, since they are most likely to bust.
Always remember that you lose on all ties. You may be given the option to stand on a tie, but you should always hit on a tie if the dealer must stand. Even if you both have 19 or 20, it is still correct to hit, since you lose anyway.
Face Up 21 is available at most online casinos. Rushmore Casino offers it in their download software as well as the Rushmore no download casino. You can play for free or for real money, so it is a great place to practice before playing for cash. Bodog Casino also has a great Face Up 21 game that you can play for real or fun.
If you are used to playing Blackjack, or even if you are not, Face Up 21 is a great change of pace. It makes you get back to thinking a bit and even can help your traditional Blackjack game.
Just considering the types of hands that the dealer could make and how you should best play your hand is great for any online gambler. You may even decide you like Face Up 21 better and never play “regular” Blackjack again!